CBSE Class 8 English Unseen Passage 4

Important Unseen Passage for class 8 English for upcoming exams

Read the following passage  and answer the questions that follow:

1 . Most of us nowadays carry the world in our pocket! It is amazing but true. A mobile phone can make us connect to the rest of the world within a second. Today, mothers do not have to remain in tension if their sons or daughters are late. Businessmen do not have to queue up before a telephone booth to make an important call. Apart from making calls and sending SMS, the mobile phone is used as a multipurpose gadget. It is a calculator, time piece, calendar, voice recorder, media player, camera, gaming device, net browser and what not. Though a mobile phone is a giant step of technological advancement, its abuses cannot at all be overlooked. Talking or texting while driving may lead to accidents. Students misuse this tool in various ways and give way to social pollution. The invention of mobiles phones is a great achievement and plays an important part in our daily life. Its many aspects are beneficial but some are negative effects as well.

2. Its development brought convenience and advantages to the world. Communication between people has become quite easy and very fast. We can keep in contact with others from any place on a bus, in a street or in a meeting by a sending message for less than the price of a call. Internet can be accessed through it and it is also used to click photos and shoot videos.

3. At the same time, parents can control their children and it is essential during emergencies. Business deals can be done on a single call through cell phones outside the office, in a park or in any shopping centre. This invention gets the world closer to a single point. Internet is also available on the cell phone.

4. The radiations of a mobile may be dangerous to health and may cause headache, earache and blurring vision. These invisible radiations destroy the cells located in ear and head which cause damage to the brain and nephrons in the head region. Its use at certain places causes disturbance sometimes, such as in a classroom etc. Mobile phones with camera are causing —privacy problems such as using it as a hidden camera to take pictures and making videos.

Ques.1 Complete the following statements appropriately :

  1. A mobile phone is like a world in our pockets as ……………………………….
  2. The parents do not have to remain in tension if their sons and daughters are late because…………………
  3. Some of the negative effects of a mobile phone are:

      (a)……………………………………

      (b)…………………………………….

      (c)…………………………………….

      (d) …………………………………..

  1. Excessive use of mobile phones can be hazardous to one’s health as………………………………
  2. A mobile phone is a threat to one’s privacy as …………………………………………..

Ques.2 Find words from the passage which mean the same as

1 . having many uses (Para I )

2.  That cannot be seen (Para 4)

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